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Laudrup chuffed as Swansea progress to Europa League knockout

Michael Laudrup was delighted his Swansea City side were able to book a spot in the Europa League Round of 32 on Thursday night.

The Swans lost 1-0 to St Gallen in Switzerland but made it through to the knockout phase after Valencia and Kuban Krasnodar drew 1-1 in Spain.

Despite losing their last two Group A matches, Laudrup was happy to have the next stage of Europe's second iter club competition to look forward to.

"Being through is the most important thing," he said. "In a couple of weeks, we won't think about how we got there, we will just know we are in the last 32.

"We have two months to wait before the knockout stage, and we are there because we deserve to be there.

"Maybe you can always take things out from these games and say we should have done more, but we are through.

"When we were 1-0 down and Kuban equalised against Valencia, for just a second their late goals against us went past my mind.

"When St Gallen got a last-minute free kick - two goals in injury time could have sent us out, but fortunately it didn't go like that."

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